Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme

The Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) have overall policy responsibility for the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) Scheme.

The Department of Human Services - Centrelink conducts assessments, processes claims and makes payments under its Bilateral Management Arrangement with DSS.

General AIC Scheme information and AIC Scheme claim forms can be obtained from the Department of Human Services' Centrelink Services:

The AIC Scheme helps eligible parents and carers with the extra costs of educating their children who are geographical isolated from an appropriate government school.

There are a variety of allowances that a parent or carer may be able to receive. These include:

  • Basic and Additional Boarding Allowances
  • Distance Education Allowance
  • Second Home Allowance
  • Pensioner Education Supplement.


All allowances under the scheme, except the Additional Boarding Allowance, are free of income and assets tests, but applicants must meet eligibility criteria.

The Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme Guidelines provides additional information and is available on the Guides to Social Policy Law website.